The first few weeks with a newborn are daunting. There is so much that has changed in the mother’s life. Some mother’s feel overwhelmed and become sad. If the sadness continues after a good night sleep, it may be post-partum depression. This is not the mothers fault. It does not mean that the mother is a bad mother. Help needs to be sought. With medication for a time, the mother is again able to cope and not feel sad and overwhelmed.
Sometimes the actual feeding of the baby can be a problem.
Your baby should have birth weight at two weeks of age. If your baby hasn’t reached birth weight, your clinic sister will refer you to your paediatrician for help.
It is very important to start the feeding of solids before or at six months. Between six months and a year the child develops a healthy relationship to food. Slowly textures need to be introduced and at nine to ten months the child should be eating most of the food that the parents and the rest of the household are eating.
It is in these six months that the child changes its sensitivities to different textures in the food. Different tastes should be tolerated.
If the feeding process is started off as fun, your child will eat well as a toddler does (eats one day and refuses the next) and gain weight as they should. The paediatrician will help you with a feeding plan for the first year of life.